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These Are The 8 Professional Makeup Artists You Need To Be Following On Instagram

Meet the maestros behind the big brands and Beyoncé.

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1. @mac_daddyy

Celebrity makeup artist and serious highlighter fiend Angel Merino has more than 1.3 million followers on Insta, but you'll also want to follow his YouTube channel, where he shares tried and true makeup tips from his work with A-listers.

2. @patmcgrathreal

Instagram: @patmcgrathreal

As the world's most famous makeup artist (even Queen Elizabeth thinks so!), McGrath is beauty industry royalty. Not only has she done makeup for serious stars like Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford, but she's also developed makeup lines for brands like Dolce & Gabbana as well as her own brand, Pat McGrath Labs, which has been a huge hit.

4. @lisaeldridgemakeup

Besides running her YouTube channel, Lisa Eldrige is also the global creative director of Lancôme and the author of the New York Times bestseller Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, which is all about the history of beautifying — so you KNOW she knows her shit.


6. @violette_fr

This self-taught Parisian makeup artist, currently based in New York, now has her own YouTube channel and works as the global beauty director for Estée Lauder. And, unlike much of the rest of the industry, Violette declares herself as "anti-trend" and is all about using makeup as a celebration of femininity and and owning your look.

7. @sirjohnofficial

Besides tending to a roster of celebrity clients and being a mentor and producer on Lifetime's American Beauty Star, Sir John is also Beyoncé's official makeup artist. The fact that she entrusts him with her face for all of her onstage looks and photo ops should tell you everything you need to know about his unbeatable expertise.

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This post was translated from French.